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Spain sign coach Julen Lopetegui to contract extension through Euro 2020

Ian Darke leads an expert panel to assess Spain's World Cup hopes and whether or not Julen Lopetegui will be able to sort out the attack.
Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui brings clarity to his decision to leave Alvaro Morata off of La Roja's 23-man World Cup squad.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has signed a two-year contract extension, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced on Tuesday.

They made the announcement on Tuesday, less than a week before Spain begin their preparations for the World Cup in Russia.

Lopetegui, 51, replaced the retiring Vicente del Bosque as coach following Spain's elimination from Euro 2016.

"It's a happy day," RFEF president Luis Robiales said in a statement. "We could not have allowed Julen and his team to leave. The...

Spain leave Cesc Fabregas, Alvaro Morata, Marcos Alonso out of World Cup squad

Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui brings clarity to his decision to leave Alvaro Morata off of La Roja's 23-man World Cup squad.
After Andres Iniesta's last game for Barca, the FC crew assess his place among Spain's greats and whether he can go out on top at the World Cup.
Spain has shared the goal scoring load quite a bit over the last two years.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has left Chelsea's Alvaro Morata, Cesc Fabregas and Marcos Alonso out of his 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia but included Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal.

Morata, who scored five goals in qualifying, had been a regular in Lopetegui's squads until March, when he was dropped after losing his starting place at Chelsea.

Alonso was widely tipped to make the squad after impressing this season in the Premier League. He had seven goals in 33 league starts, but Lopetegui...

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Xavi's open letter to Andres Iniesta - 'the most talented player in the history of Spain'

An open letter to my friend, Andres Iniesta,

THE first time I saw Andres play will always stay in my memory. Someone from the club said: 'Xavi, in the youth team there is a player who will be incredible. They say he is outstanding. Andres is very similar to you.' Then, when I saw him play, I said to myself: this player is different. He doesn't play like me, he dribbles and gets past people, and can play in numerous positions. Since he was a kid he had the air of an artist for the way in which he...

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Morocco lose appeal to recruit Spain's Munir El Haddadi for World Cup

Morocco's football federation has lost its case against FIFA to recruit Spain forward Munir El Haddadi before the World Cup.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed Morocco's appeal against a FIFA ruling that blocked the Barcelona player from transferring allegiance. The verdict was given after a hearing on Monday.

FIFA rules prohibit switching nationality after playing in a competitive match.

El Haddadi, who is of Moroccan descent, played for Spain in a 2016 European Championship qualifier...

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NYCFC's David Villa scores 400th career goal for club and country

David Villa joined elite company in NYCFC's win over FC Dallas, becoming the sixth active player to reach 400 career goals for club and country.

New York City FC's David Villa has scored the 400th goal of his illustrious career, with a first-half penalty in a 3-1 win over FC Dallas on Sunday.

He added another goal later in the game.

Villa, 36, now has 68 goals for NYCFC since joining the Major League Soccer franchise from Atletico Madrid in 2014. The only club that Villa has scored more goals for is Valencia, where he netted 129 times across all competitions from 2005-10.

The Spain international has 59 goals for La Roja, including...